Have you watched this movie by Disney called "Secretariat"? Inspiring true story about an amazing woman and her horse. If you have ever loved a horse, you will love this movie. Diane Lane was brilliant as Penny Chenery, John Malkovich was perfect as the trainer, Lucien Laurin, and brought a lot of comic relief. Margo Martindale was perfect as Miss Ham. The star for me, however, was that beautiful and amazing horse. Secretariat AKA Big Red. It reminds me of my grandfather's horse, Prima Donna.
They have couple things in common... such as:
- both were racehorses, both thoroughbred (Prima Donna was the mixture of Chavalier and a local horse, while Secretariat was a mixture of Bold Ruler and SomethingRoyal - horses do have fancy names, don't they!),
- both are winners,
- both are now gone but their statues are now the signature and landmark contribution. Secretariat's statue is at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington Kentucky and Prima Donna's statue is at one of the busiest intersections in Manado.
- Eventhough Secretariat was a Chestnut colored horse and Prima Donna was a Jet Black colored horse, they both had the same star markings.
- The most amazing thing is they both were always the last out of the gate then they charged up from behind, guided by their riders Ronnie Turcotte (Secretariat) and Ben (Prima Donna) to take the lead.
|Belmont Stakes '73. --- via Google/searchimage|
|The greatest racehorse who every lived, a Triple Crown winner whose race time and margin have never been approached until today. --- via Google/searchimage|
|Secretariat, chestnut colored with star marking. --- via Google/searchimage|
|Will find the pic of Prima Donna soon, but this black horse is so much alike Prima Donna, black colored with star marking. --- via Google/searchimage|
|Secretariat statue at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington Kentucky, USA. --- Secretariat Wikipedia|
|Prima Donna statue at Paal Dua, one of the busiest intersections in Manado, Indonesia.|
Secretariat's a beautiful horse and a camera hog as well. His records still stand at all three races of the Triple Crown - The Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes for those unfamiliar with the various tracks that are the components of the Triple Crown. Take your time to watch the the videos from Belmont Stakes '73 - when he received the Triple Crown title and his last race. Blew my mind!
|Secretariat, such a remarkable horse. Legendary! --- via Google/imagesearch|